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IN MY SKIN aka DANS MA PEAU
USA: Wellspring Theatrical
UK: Tartan Films
Cast: Marina de Van, Laurent Lucas, Lea Drucker, Thibault de Montalembert, Dominique Reymond, Bernard Alane, Marc Rioufol, François Lamotte, Adrien de Van, Alain Rimoux, Thomas de Van
Director: Marina de Van
Language: French (English subtitles)
USA & UK: 93 mins
UK Certificate: 18 contains frequent bloody images of self-mutilation
USA Release Date: 7 November 2003 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 17 September 2004
"It is through my body that I am in the world, that I am connected with others. If I am no longer my body, what am I? Where does this desire come from to want to see what the body is and if I am 'inside'?" - Marina de Van
IN MY SKIN is a haunting and riveting exploration of the human body as a boundary - and a battleground - between the individual and the often unreachable world outside.
After suffering deep gashes to her leg from an accidental fall, Esther (Marina de Van), a young research analyst, becomes preoccupied with her body and skin, especially her wounds. At first she merely caresses her arms, pinches her excess skin, or traces the cuts on her legs, but it isn't long before she is carving wounds directly and aggressively into her own body.
Her boyfriend (Laurent Lucas) becomes understandably concerned and angry, but his inability to understand forces Esther into reclusion to explore her newfound practice. With increased urgency, she turns an unapologetic knife upon her own skin.
Marina de Van, who not only stars but also directed and wrote IN MY SKIN, has long collaborated with François Ozon, acting in SEE THE SEA and SITCOM, and co-writing UNDER THE SAND and EIGHT WOMEN. With IN MY SKIN, De Van joins a group of directors including David Cronenberg, Georges Franju and Roman Polanski who brilliantly imagine the physical manifestations of their character's innermost torments.